It’s a well-know fact that the Playstation 3 is a platform where you can install an operating system other than the one provided by Sony, i.e., you can install Linux. Due to Debian is the distro with more supported architectures, the PS3 can’t be the exception.
This post is for those PS3 owners who wants to “play” with Debian on this architecture, without further ado, here you are the steps for installing it…
What you’ll need:
- A blank CD
- A pendrive
- A Playstation 3 (FAT)
- Internet access.
In order to boot Linux on a PS3 you have to install a bootloader similar to LILO or GRUB. The bootloaders available for Linux are kboot, yaboot and petitboot. Kboot lets you boot Fedora, Ubuntu and Debian, whereas yaboot is the Yellow Dog Linux’s bootloader for the PS3.
Download the following file otheros.bld. Once you’ve downloaded it you have to copy it into the /PS3/OTHEROS folder on your pendrive (if the folder doesn’t exist, make it).
On the PS3 go to System Settings > Install Other OS from the XMB. It will detect the otheros.bld file on the pendrive and it will install it.
In order to install the Debian’s stable version on the PS3 you have to use a live-cd. You can download it here http://ps3.keshi.org/debian-live/20070114/debian-live-ps3pf-20070114.iso. Once you’ve downloaded it you can use a cd burning application to record the iso file (like k3b, nero, etc).
Insert this Debian-live cd and go to System Settings > Default System > Other OS (PS3 by default). It will let you load kboot with the Debian live-cd’s boot options.
At booting time you can select one of the following options (you can check them out in the /media/cdrom0/etc/kboot.conf file form CD):
|install ps3fb:mode:0||Install using automatic resolution|
|install ps3fb:mode:1||Install using 480i resolution|
|install ps3fb:mode:2||Install using 480p resolution|
|install ps3fb:mode:3||Install using 720i resolution|
|install ps3fb:mode:4||Install using 1080i resolution|
|install ps3fb:mode:5||Install using 1080p resolution|
|install ps3fb:mode:6||Install using 576i resolution|
|install ps3fb:mode:7||Install using 576p resolution|
It will depend on your monitor’s resolution. In my case the best option was 720p then I had to adjust the image size using the TV’s zoom function. Anyway you can modify it in the /etc/kboot.conf file.If you don’t know what resolution to use maybe you should try them all using the live-cd, so you can follow these options with kboot:
|live||Try Debian Live|
|yuv480i||Try Debian Live at 480i|
|yuv480p||Try Debian Live at 480p|
|yuv720p||Try Debian Live at 720p|
|yuv1080i||Try Debian Live at 1080i|
|yuv1080p||Try Debian Live at 1080p|
|yuv576i||Try Debian Live at 576i|
|yuv576p||Try Debian Live at 576p|
Follow Debian’s installation steps as you would normally. As a side note, the partitioner may complain about not having a ppc partition. Just ignore that message.
After all this you can enjoy Debian on your PS3 :)